Overall a very captivating story but this book is like a car wreck on the freeway. Human nature is to slow down and take a close look at what happened. While fascinating I can't help but cringe on the seemingly self serving nature of the book for Mr. Krakuaer. The facts of the climb are well done but the biased opinions of other climbers and outfits makes you feel you're sitting around the employee lunch table griping about who got a raise, who took the last cup of coffee...etc. As for the writing...you feel you are climbing a mountain of metaphors and multisyllabic words instead of Everest. The monotonality of the reading makes it hard to distinguish between quotes from other climbers etc.
This one was tough to get through. The author was the reader of this book and I couldn't believe his total lack of enthusiasm when reading. It was almost like listening to a robot. If you want an exciting adventure book, check out Shadow Divers.